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ImStylo's #pokergoals [2014 / 2nd half]

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  • ImStylo's #pokergoals [2014 / 2nd half]

    Hello, everyone! Let me introduce myself! My name is Paulius and I play on Pokerstars as 'ImStylo'. I am from Lithuania, my native language is not English so I am really sorry if I will make any mistakes in my posts. I decided to start my poker journey called #pokergoals. You will ask why? It's because I want to become a better poker player by setting some goals. I believe that this will give me an extra motivation to move on. At the same time it will be a good chance to keep learning English language. Short story My first steps in poker was in early 2007. That was friendly home games with friends and since then I started to like poker, but I never looked in it too serious. Later on I decided to create an account on one of the poker rooms and started from freerolls and cheapest SNG tournaments. It was just for entertainment and not the way to win money or even make a living from it. Later I had a long break without a poker and I missed that game so I decided to make a deposit again in early 2013. Since then I started to play SNG 9man single table tournaments... Of course it did not go very well due to beginners mistakes, no bankroll management, no strategy, even wrong opening ranges from any position and etc. My logic then was 'I just need to play a lot of SNG tournaments and as many tables as possible if I want to be good at this game'. I realised that my thinking was wrong so I started to read forums, bought couple books from eBay and got myself to that point where in a total negative profit I stopped losing money, but at the same time I could not manage to grind my money back... That was really difficult for me. I started to play cash games in october after I met my friend. He is a 6max cash player. He told me a lot about poker and about cash games and I decided to try it. My starting point was 6max zoom games at NL2. At first it was really strange to play it, because I played only SNG before that, but somehow I managed to move up to NL5 quite fast. I was playing at NL5 for a long time and I did not feel that I was good to move to higher limits, because I had a lot of leaks and I had to learn a lot of basic things about cash games. Now I am regularly playing 6max zoom tables at NL10 and trying a shots to NL25, but... I have been thinking that I do not have any serious poker goals. It makes my progress very slow and now I am not at that point where I would imagine I could be as a poker player. - I am missing a really good schedule with my daily routine. - I am not going to sleep at the same time everyday (usually between 1am and 7am). - I am playing poker at random hours. - I am not enough reviewing my hand history as I should. I know that there are so many things where I need to improve and of course those mentioned reasons kill my winning rate. So as I mentioned previously I decided to set my poker goals for the next 6 months. Start: 1 July 2014 Finish: 31 December 2014 My poker goals until the end of 2014 I would like to increase my poker knowledge. I will watch videos, read books and other stuff related to poker. I will start to play at NL10 zoom and I would like to end up year as NL50+ reg. I do not know if I am able to set a monetary goal, because I will have to jump from one limit to another, but I will try to set it to $2000+ without rakebacks. Monthly goals I will... - play 90.000+ hands (mainly Zoom) - try to be a gold star vip (2500+ vpps) - read 1 book or other stuff related to poker Weekly goals I will... - play 21.000+ hands - try to get 585+ vpps - do LeakBuster analysis of my game on the first day of the week (monday) Daily goals I will... - watch at least 1 training video - read forums, cash game hand reviews by other players - do my database review before session - post my questionable hands to the forum - play 3.000+ hands - try to get 85+ vpps During every session I will play the best poker I can, making as many good decisions as possible! Peace! GL at the tablesumbup: Pauly
    Last edited by ImStylo; Tue Jul 01, 2014, 10:10 AM.

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      Gl on the grind Stylo.
      Bracelet Winner

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        Day #1
        1 July 2014

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        The first half of the day went really well, but I couldn't win in all flipping situations on the 2nd half. Total score -1.4bi.

        NL10 Zoom (score/target)

        Hands played: 3748 / 3000
        Vpp's: 177.01 / 85
        Profit: -$14.41

        Training videos watched: 0 / 1

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        Last edited by ImStylo; Wed Jul 02, 2014, 08:11 PM.

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          Good luck
          Bracelet Winner

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            Day #2
            2 July 2014

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            What a crazy day! The begining wasn't great, I made couple spewy moves and was break even on the first 2k hands. Later on I played very well and I won couple buyins, but I was badbeated or run into AA with my KK at the end. I should mention that I found myself on a passive tilt where I started checking and calling too much, lost about 2bi (non showdown) until I realized that I am tilting. Finished my day #2 with -6bi under Allin EV. Probably this is not one of the nicest way to start my challenge, but this is the reality of poker. I need to work more!

            NL10 Zoom (score/target)

            Hands played: 4122/3000
            Vpp's: 209.58/85 (Total 386.59)
            Profit: -$37.15 (Total -$51.56)

            Training videos watched: 1/1

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            • #7
              Hopefully Helpful Hints

              Hey stylo. Your story and your graph reads pretty identical to mine. Bit of fun, Caught the bug, Lost a lot, decided to take it seriously, start turning a profit, set goals to achieve.

              It's all good but if i may i'd like to suggest a couple things for you to think about.
              Firstly drop you're limit. It might be advantagous to drop to nl2 for a while. Study learn but more importantly risk less until you start turning a regular profit.
              Secondly, You're hand aims and your vpp aims might effect the way you play. Set a different aim. Say turn a profit 1 in 3 tables. Turn a profit of $5 per week, $20 per month.
              Aims are good but make sure they don't cloud your judgement by trying to reach a target instead of doing what is the most important thing. Making good solid poker decisions.

              Your learning aims are good one's though. You can never learn enough

              Good luck on the grind stylo and hope to see you post some profits soon .

              P.S. one of the most important things to read up on as soon as you can is bank roll management. With solid bank roll management you can take the rough with the smooth and not go broke.
              Last edited by thephoenix11; Thu Jul 03, 2014, 10:31 AM. Reason: BRM

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                Hey, welcome!! It seems like there's a bunch of us who are sort of in the same spot of being somewhere between 10nl and 25nl - looking forward to following your progress, GL GL!! umbup:

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                  Was just checking my database on hands to see how often we've played, and saw an interesting spot - might submit it to HA

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                    Hi, Phoenix!
                    Yeah I totaly agree with you. I am not aiming to the targets of vpps or played hands, that is just my average on these stats which I can easily achieve every day without any preasure. The learning process is the most important thing here and it takes the first place in my 'What I need to do' list.
                    Speaking about BRM, I have my BRM since the begining of my start at cash games. Luckily I have never broke my BRM rules and I did not have any problems to move to a lower limits several times. Here is my BRM rules and it is kind of aggressive style, but I always tell myself to have a bigger BR is not worse.

                    BANKROLL MANAGEMENT
                    - $250 - 10NL, move down to NL5 if BR < $200
                    - $525 - 25NL, move down to NL10 if BR < $400
                    - $1250 - 50NL, move down to NL25 if BR < $1000


                    Hi, TrustySam!
                    I recognize your screen name from NL10. I have been taking shots to NL25, but what I faced up there was a realy big aggression and my lack of skill so I decided stick in NL10 for a while.
                    See you at the tables! GL
                    Last edited by ImStylo; Fri Jul 04, 2014, 05:03 PM.

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                      Day #3
                      3 July 2014

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                      I decided to play less and study more yesterday. I reviewed my hands history in a leakbuster and found a couple more mistakes. I noted everything and will try to compare it with my future mistakes.

                      NL10 Zoom (score/target)

                      Hands played: 2121/3000
                      Vpp's: 76.98/85 (Total 463.57)
                      Profit: $7.63 (Total -$43.93)


                      Training videos watched: 1/1

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                      Last edited by ImStylo; Sat Jul 05, 2014, 01:00 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Hi stylo. It's nice to see you have a good brm in place. There's a section here somewhere and their recommendation for a pro player is the folling
                        50 buy ins for cash
                        100 buy ins for stt's
                        200 buy ins for mtt's

                        That's what i use but of course it's all about what works for you. Good to hear you are studying too. It takes me an hour each way to and from work so i tend to use that as my study time. There's abundent information available to help anyone improve their game.

                        Finally i'd like to say a big congrats to posting your first profits here Maybe playing fewer tables helps you concentrate but you never know.

                        Well done and long may it continue.

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                          Day #4
                          4 July 2014

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                          I got some problems with my red line. I am too passive postflop and I need to find more situations where I can do x/r.

                          NL10 Zoom (score/target)

                          Hands played: 3086/3000
                          Vpp's: 118.84/85 (Total 582.41)
                          Profit: $10.39 (Total -$33.54)


                          Training videos watched: 0/1

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                          Last edited by ImStylo; Sat Jul 05, 2014, 11:29 AM.

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                            Day #5
                            5 July 2014

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                            NL10 Zoom (score/target)

                            Hands played: 2969/3000
                            Vpp's: 141.22/85 (Total 723.63)
                            Profit: $8.83 (Total -$24.71)


                            Training videos watched: 1/1

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                              Day #6
                              6 July 2014

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                              Two times QQ vs AK, KK vs AA allins preflop and couple small mistakes.
                              #sundayfunday

                              NL10 Zoom (score/target)

                              Hands played: 4139/3000
                              Vpp's: 148.16/85 (Total 871.79)
                              Profit: $36.14 (Total -$60.85)


                              Training videos watched: 2/1

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